Is it just me or does 2012 feel like it flew by?
I made up a saying recently: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper: the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” (HA! Clever, eh??)
But it’s true!!!
Sometimes it feels like I haven’t accomplished very much in the way of making our house feel like a home. When we moved in back in 2010, it was BARE! Who could afford thousands of dollars decorating? Um–not us.
Thrift stores, which I have ALWAYS loved, became the practical (and most fun!) solution to our financial dilemma.
And it feels rewarding walking around the house saying, “That rustic dining table right there–I DID THAT, and it only cost $12.00 from the thrift store!” (True story! Just go see all the pics.….It almost turned horrific!).
Every time I switch on my spray painted, cheap, $10 thrift store lamp, I relish in the fact that NO ONE has this exact lamp, and I didn’t have to go into debt to buy it! And I made it look kick-ass!
My favorite project, though, was this ombre desk that I had rescued from the dumpster a couple years ago and finally had a chance fix it up. It’s actually where I am sitting right now 🙂
And I’m finally getting around to working on my crafting room, which has taken FOR-EV-AH. You can see from that link there that I was working on that room for ONE YEAR! HA!! Anyhow, (pics to follow soon!), and I love that this DIY card catalog is housing lots of my crafting supplies! It was only $18 from my favorite thrift store! My kids have since inked it all up. Meh. Whuddya expect.
I was proud to have done a guest post, too, over at a popular personal finance blog, called, Budgets Are Sexy. J.Money (shout out!) was nice enough to let me write a post, 10 Tips to Getting Better Deals at the Thrift Store. I’ve got the burning desire to do more guest posting in the near future!
And I was featured in a couple blog radio programs, which was really awesome! Although, I tend to be a bit verbose. LOL
And this $12.00 green and gold chalkboard desk that I got from the thrift store and made over is actually cool! We just moved it into the crafting room so that hubby has a place to work during the day. I think he likes it…..? Go check out the link for “BEFORE” pics.
My son’s really enjoy this chalk painted $5.00 thrift store kid’s desk that I painted for them, too. I love the alphabet stickers I added, along with the chalkboard top.
And the latest little craft project I DIY’ed was that cute little DIY wood wine box, only $5.00 from the thrift store. As you recall, it was upcycled into a knitting kit for my niece, for this past Christmas. And she loved it! So do it!
Is that 10 projects or posts or highlights I’ve listed? Meh– if it’s not, you’ll have to get over it. I’m TIRED! lol. It’s nearly 3 a.m. EST, and my bed is calling.
But before I go, ooohhh!! I have to show you what I picked up from the thrift store tonight, for only $19.86!!! It’s it AMAZING!!! Look at that detail!!!! The worker had just put it out, and it was hidden behind some other furniture. TOTAL SCORE, huh?
Any suggestions on how I should make this baby over so as to highlight the detailing on the front drawers?
And this is how I got it home. HA!
So what was your favorite project of mine this year? And do you totally love that dresser?!
Happy New Year!